Friday, November 29, 2013

God Blesses Faithfulness

Scripture: 2 Kings 4:7
Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, "Go, sell the oil and pay your debt, and you and your sons can live on the rest."

Insights: Paul wrote in his letter to the church of Philippi, “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (4:19),”  I want you to notice that God supplies your needs ACCORDING to His riches, not OUT of His riches.  In other words, God’s riches are an endless supply.  There will never be a time He will run out of being able to bless you when you have been faithful to Him.  Now having laid that foundational statement notice today’s verse.  God blessed this woman’s faithfulness.  She believed God would do exactly what He had promised to do and she POURED.  She poured until there were no more vessels to be filled.  Remember from yesterday that it was not until the last vessel was full that the oil stopped flowing.  Because of this faithful action we can see the Lord telling her to go and sell all of this oil and pay her family debt off.  Now we have no idea how many vessels this woman filled, but what we do know is that there was such an abundance of oil this woman was able to live on the money she still had after she paid off her debts.  Talk about an overflow of blessing!  We need to begin examining our hearts and lives, Beloved.  I pray each of us are faithful like this woman.  I pray we are able to look back and remember the times God was faithful to us in our obedience back to Him.  God is a God who desires to WOW His children.  He wants us to be so blown away by His gracious provisions in our lives that we can’t help to declare His glories to the world.  Do you think this woman was silent about the Lord’s gracious provision and blessing?  I just can’t image that being the case.  I believe she went back to every person who lent her a vessel and told the story of God’s grace.  It is my prayer as you recognize the provisions of the Lord you also will shout from the mountain tops that your Redeemer lives and is a rescuer to those in need.  He delivered you from your bondage of need and is worthy of praise.  Beloved, count your many blessings and name them one by one.

  1. In what ways has God blessed you this week?
  2. Do you regularly count your blessings and name them one by one?

Prayer: Father, forgive me when I take for granted Your marvelous gifts of grace to me.  Help me to cultivate a heart of gratitude and thanksgiving as You pour Your blessings out on me.  Amen.

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